The Importance of Auto Detailing
All vehicles are slowly punished by the elements, whether it’s from the weather or from pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye but can nevertheless damage the exterior. Normal vehicle use also deteriorates the interior. Maybe it’s unwanted odors that have made their way into the upholstery. Or dust, spills and stains that have become gradually embedded in the carpets and hard surfaces. And don’t they always seem to happen in the most inconvenient places, like under the seat or in those tough-to-reach nooks and crannies? Auto detailing is a way to renovate your vehicle’s appearance and protect it from future damage.
Why Do I Need Vehicle Detailing?
A common misconception among car owners is that if a vehicle has “clear coat” protection, then it’s safe from the elements for life. The truth is, this is not a permanent solution. Even paint and “clear coat” require regular, protective maintenance. The vehicle’s interior also takes a beating, with stains, chemicals and dust burrowing into vinyl and upholstery over time. Professional detailing includes a deep cleaning of all surfaces, followed by the application of products that beautify and protect paint, tires, vinyl and upholstery.
Essentially, auto detailing is a gamut of services designed to refurbish and protect your automotive investment. This will not only help maintain your car’s lifespan but also sustain its value. This is why regular auto detailing is so important.
However, detailing isn’t just about maintaining value over time. It’s about rekindling the sense of pride you felt when the vehicle was new. Let’s take a look at what professional detailers do, beginning with the interior.
Interior Vehicle Detailing Services
Interior auto detailing is a meticulous, step-by-step, deep cleaning and reconditioning of upholstery, vinyl, vents and other hard-to-reach areas. The clean-up process routinely includes steam cleaning of carpets, mats and upholstery; hard surface cleaning with professional products; and may include ozone treatments (very effective for ingrained odors you thought you would never get rid of). Chemical shields are applied to carpets and upholstery (whether it’s fabric, vinyl or leather) that make future spills easy to wipe up before they seep in and become stains.
Hard surfaces in the vehicle are cleaned, reconditioned and coated with products that protects against future staining and ultraviolet radiation (UV is what causes those ugly cracks and splits you see in the dashboards of older vehicles). Specific techniques vary from car to car, depending on your needs and the vehicle’s age and condition.
Interior detailing not only maintains a car’s value; it also improves driver comfort. Over time, vehicles collect stains that are hard to clean and smells for which you can’t even find the source. That doesn’t make for a pleasant driving experience. But professional technicians have the tools and know-how to bring your interior as close as possible to new condition.
The most obvious benefit to exterior detailing is that it protects your vehicle’s “paint health.” Professional detailers do much more than wash and wax. For example, they use clay bars to lift corrosive micro-pollutants from the grain of the paint. If these chemicals are not removed before waxing, they will continue to degrade the paint over time. But when professional detailing processes are followed up with comprehensive waxing, the life of the paint job is measurably extended.
Dirt, mud and salt deposits build up under the chassis and in wheel wells, and eat through both paint and metal over time. Professional detailing removes these corrosive deposits.
Tires take a beating, not only from the road, but from UV radiation and chemicals in the atmosphere. Auto detailers thoroughly clean the tires, then apply a chemical shield that prolongs the life of the rubber. This “tire dressing” is available in both gloss and matte finishes, depending on your taste.
Headlight restoration can also be part of the detailing process, if needed. This is as much a safety issue as a cosmetic one because, as headlight lenses break down over time from heat, abrasion and UV, they become foggy and discolored, making it more difficult see—and be seen—at night. Headlight restoration makes them look and function like new again.
Vehicles age and lose their luster over time. There’s nothing you can do to prevent it, but you can help significantly slow it down and prolong the life—and value—of your vehicle with periodic detailing.
Benefits of Auto Detailing
The most immediate benefit of detailing is that it keeps your vehicle looking great, inside and out. It also maintains the value of your car or truck, so it’s also a good investment. If you love your car, and you love driving, periodic detailing should be a part of your regular maintenance.
For more information about auto detailing, contact APR today at (316) 262-8888.